Seeing more with the blind camera

Blind cameraBerlin-based artist Sascha Pohflepp’s Buttons is a camera that takes other peoples’ pictures:

“It is a camera that will capture a moment at the press of a button. However, unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn’t have any optical parts […] The camera memorizes only the time and starts to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment.”

While the project is already 9 months old and has long since been featured in the online columns of our hip and connected friends at MAKE, Buttons demands all the additional attention we can give it here on the Radar.

This simple project is the prime example of how networked objects allow us to sample off eachothers experience, memory and ultimately senses. The backwardness of the interface is the twisted proof that our own experiences — even the physical — increasingly only gain true value when intertwined with the experiences of others.
The more personal sensors we add, the more we’ll each be a remix of the collective experience.

Simply brilliant. Makes my heartbeat spike.